11 a.m. - noon Location: ECSS 3.503
This talk will discuss advanced battery management from a perspective of distributed control and intelligence. Battery-based energy storage is a key technology for moving the world into a sustainable energy era. It is seeing a twofold trend: an increase in the capacity of battery systems to provide higher energy, and an increase in the sophistication of the applications they are deployed to power. This trend makes it more challenging to effectively manage the battery operation for improved performance, safety and life. However, distributed control can provide an exciting strategy for tackling related challenges. This talk will outline three encounters between distributed control and battery management: 3D temperature field monitoring for a battery pack via distributed estimation, cell balancing via distributed consensus, and battery-aware distributed control of multi-agent systems. The results will reveal the benefits and promises for distributed battery management. The discussion will include the future opportunities and challenges about this emerging topic.
Dr. Huazhen Fang received his Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Eng. from the University of California, San Diego (Mechanical Engineering, 2014), University of Saskatchewan, Canada (Mechanical Engineering, 2009), and Northwestern Polytechnic University, China (Computer Science, 2006). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas, where he joined in 2014 and has led the Information & Smart Systems Laboratory. His research interests lie in control and estimation theory with application to energy management, cooperative robotics and system prognostics. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles and invented/co-invented three U.S. patents. He has received the 2019 NSF CAREER Award and at the University of Kansas, the 2017 Miller Scholar Award for Research Excellence and the 2016 Wesley G. Cramer Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Faculty Award. He has received the awards of Outstanding Reviewer or Reviewers of the Year from Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics and ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control in recognition of his active professional service.